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Jun. 22nd, 2001 | 12:23 pm

The screams of rage continue to echo through my skull.

Jeff Skiling, President of Enron was quoted in this ENN news article as saying the following.


"California needs to get deregulation right, and the rest of the country needs to get deregulation right," Skilling said. "Markets are powerful, and they work."

Skilling voiced doubts about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)'s decision this week to implement limited price caps in California, saying this would work against the free market principle and could discourage the investment in new generating capacity the state so badly needs.


Yes, get the government out of managing our corporate noses so we can be free to make as much money as we robber barons can possible make. If people can't afford our rates they'll use less, now wont they. Viva la corporate republic! Fuck the poor, they have no money so they don't count in our brave new world.

Yet here I sit in my comfortable professional job, secure in my economic safety. I still am part of the system.

I could sell out, deny the reality of our world, and thereby join the exploiting upper classes.

But I can't, I still have some echo of a conscious.

I see dead people lining the streets, they were killed by pollution, by habitat destruction, by 'natural' disasters exacerbated by global climate change, floods, famines, and new plagues that scoff at our medicine. This is the tribute of two centuries of greedy industrialization.

The time for greedy selfishness is over.

The spaceship that is our planet is being destroyed by those for whom there is no such thing as enough. I wonder how they plan on breathing their money. Can food be bought when there is none?

Will the SUVs of the 2020's be pressurized containers with their own air supplies? Rovers for an inhospitable planet, shuttling the elites between one secured and sealed artificial biosphere and another, far away from the dying rabble locked outside?

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T e s s

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from: soulsong
date: Jun. 22nd, 2001 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Totally agree. I fully expect to see the rich flee from environmental breakdown into steel and glass atmospherically controlled skyscrapers. Jobs will be right there, in the same buildings. Only the police will ever go outside, to keep the workers subdued. Still sounds vaguely scifi, but it looks like the direction we're headed.

I share the frustration you feel about your sense of hypocrisy being still part of the system. Try to justify it to solidarity like I just did and enjoy it as she rips the utter lack of logic to shreds... ;)

My hypocrisy really sucks. I even work for a US power company. Not Enron, but close. I can justify it of course - I work in power trading, not production, and they let me work from home so I'm not polluting by commuting... You get the picture.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 23rd, 2001 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Growing up I tended to read hard science fiction, eventually I ended up reading cyberpunk. The worlds described seemed depressingly likely and the plight of the desperate people struggling for survival was too much for me to take. So I ran away and started reading just technology books.

Hmm. Power trading...isn't that the component of the California degregulation that ended up being abused for the power companies benefit?

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T e s s

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from: soulsong
date: Jun. 23rd, 2001 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Different rules in the UK. The problem in California was that the price between the power stations and suppliers was allowed to fluctuate, but the price between the suppliers and the customers wasn't. Therefore when the power stations raised their prices, the suppliers went bankrupt. Also the power stations starting selling their power out of state, leading to power cuts in the richest part of the world. And guess who bails out the suppliers? Yup. Taxpayer.

The effect of this is, vast amounts of money transfers from ordinary people to the owners of the power stations. Isn't deregulation and the rigours of the free market just the coolest thing?

Gah. They need a good kicking. Not that I'm a violent person mind, but... gah.

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The Dude

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from: singleton
date: Jun. 23rd, 2001 01:41 am (UTC)
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Perhaps in a hundred years, our ancestors, living in their small village communities of thier unified global homes governed by the providing socialist body will look back at us and wonder how the most violent, greedy, and polluting nation in the world also became the most powerful. It will boggle their minds that money could have meant so much. Especially when they live in a world where Humans are free to explore their existence without having to worry about whether or not their children will be fed.
Centuries ago, democracy and capitalism were viewed with fear and contempt. the devils work they were. Perhaps our descendants will look at this adolescence of socialism and wonder why back then everyone thought it such a horrible evil idea.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 23rd, 2001 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I really do hope things turn out that well...

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